Depicting Mahadeva’s words on reel

Stills from the movie Marikondavaru (above and top) .  

Award winning filmmaker Shivarudraiah is now engrossed in giving final touches to Marikondavaru - a full-length feature film based on three famous short stories of eminent writer Devanur Mahadeva.

Devanur Mahadeva returned the Padma Shree and Kendra Sahitya Akademi awards conferred on him, in protest against the growing intolerance in the country.

Shivarudraiah earlier made Amasa (2001) based on a short story of Mahadeva, which was screened in the Panorama Section of International Film Festival of India and won a State award.

Marikondavaru – with the tagline Samaanateyatta Kanasu Kanutta – is a blend of three stories: Marikondavaru, Moodala Seemeli Kolegile Ityadi and Dambaru Bandudu .

Basavaraj Devanur, brother of Devanur Mahadeva, and Lakshmipathi Kolara have jointly scripted the film. Noted technicians including Shashidhara Adapa (art direction), Pramod Shiggaon (costume), Suresh Urs (editing), Issac Thomas (music), and Murali Krishna (cinematography) lending their support to Shivarudraiah in the project.

Kannada actor Sulile Kumar, who has done over ten Tamil films, is essaying the role of Mahadeva. “We opted for Sulile because he resembles Mahadeva in his youth,” said Shivarudraiah. Marikondavaru is being produced by Gururaj Set and S. Venkatesh.

In Marikondavaru, the issue of illegal sand extraction is the backdrop for the story.

What made Shivarudraiah want to make films based on Devanuru’s stories, from Amasa to Marikondavaru ?

“Mahadeva is one of the most significant writers of our times, who depicts with pointed irony both the suffering and resilience of Dalits within the caste hierarchy. His stories make one realise that the exploitation of Dalits is not only economic, but social. This is what made me want to translate them to the celluloid medium,” said Mr. Shivarudraiah.

“Some thirty years ago, I along with Dalit poet Siddalingiah approached another Kannada filmmaker Shankarappa to direct the film, but the project could not materialise because of technical reasons. Finally I took up the challenge to translate his story on celluloid,” he said.

When asked about the writer’s response while offering story rights, the director said; “He asked me not to make films keeping awards in mind and advised me against believing that the film is being made for the people.” National award winning actor Sanchari Vijay, Samyukta Hornad Sonu Gowda, and Sardar Satya are part of a huge cast of over 50 actors.

The film is extensively shot in and around Nanjangud, Chamarajanagar and Mysuru.

Mahadeva depicts, with pointed irony, both the suffering and resilience of Dalits.



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